This piece is a landscape of my imagination, inspired by a trip to Arizona. I love the light on the landscape in Arizona, as the sun begins to set - rich purples and browns. I focused on texture and color and used the linen of the canvas as another color, by leaving the canvas exposed, and using splashes of color to incorporate the canvas into the land. The painting was created using palette knives, working with the knives to build layers of texture and color. 

- Ruth LaGue

Vanishing Land

Acrylic painting on stretched canvas

Ready to hang

Signed on back

36" h x 48" w x 1.5" d
9 lbs. 0 oz.



Ruth LaGue
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

Getting to Know Ruth

In her abstracted landscape paintings, Ruth LaGue pares composition down to its barest form. Through simple color, line and form, landscapes are invoked, rather than detailed. Ruth adjusts the placement of the horizon line in her paintings to suggest a range of natural formations. She stretches form, line and color to their limits, providing the least amount of visual information needed to understand the landscape. Her color palette is nuanced and each color is distinctly her own. She is deeply influenced by her childhood in Alaska and her travels to India. While in India, she found an indelible connection between the vast, wild landscape of her childhood and the limitless internal landscape of the soul. Ruth’s beautifully simplified landscapes become metaphors for the spiritual or otherworldly realms inherent in both nature and in the self.